Located in the heart of the U.S. Midwest, Minnesota is just a short flight away from any of North America's major financial or commercial centers.

And with direct flights to key cities across the globe, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport can put you face-to-face with overseas customers, distributors, partners and suppliers at a moment's notice.

Airlines, Flights, Destinations, and Traffic
Minneapolis St.-Paul International Airport is recognized as the best airport in North America among facilities serving up to 40 million passengers a year, according to Airports Council International's 2009 rankings.

MSP also ranks third in the world among airports, according to the same 2009 study.

  • MSP serves 34 million people annually, ranking 16th in the nation and 30th worldwide in passenger traffic, according to Airports Council International.
  • MSP serves 131 nonstop markets, including 116 domestic and 14 international markets. Compared to other U.S. metropolitan areas, only Denver serves more nonstop markets per capita.

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is served by:

  • 10 domestic airlines
  • 3 international airlines
  • 15 regional airlines
  • 4 major cargo and freight carriers

There are about 16 daily flights to Washington D.C. and eight nonstops daily from Chicago to Minneapolis.

Regional, Reliever, and General Aviation Airports
Outside of the Twin Cities Metropolitan area, regional airports offer scheduled passenger service to Bemidji, Brainerd, Duluth, International Falls, Saint Cloud, Rochester, Chisholm, Hibbing and Thief River Falls.

A network of seven reliever airports in the Twin Cities metropolitan area takes pressure of the large commercial airports and provides more general aviation access in the metro area.

And more than 100 general aviation and municipal airports are scattered throughout the state.

Air Cargo
Minnesota has an extensive air cargo network with 24 airports served by air cargo carriers. Main airports with cargo services include Minneapolis-St. Paul, Duluth and Rochester.

To offer easier access to global markets, an international air cargo regional distribution center will be built in the city of Rosemount, Minnesota. A tax-free zone to encourage freight-forwarded development will surround the distribution center, which is expected to open in 2010.